Energy Efficiency
Wednesday, 30 November 2011 10:07

Energy-efficiency: will it reach the boardroom?

There is a distinct possibility that 2011 could become iconic as being the year when energy-efficiency incentives, regulations and technical platforms that have come into play inevitably result in energy-efficiency being propelled from the engineering department to the accounts office and the boardroom.
Wednesday, 30 November 2011 10:05

Leading a green revolution in the supply chain

Imperial Logistics are front-runners in leading the logistics and supply chain of a business towards greener pastures. They demonstrated this through a focus on best practice across the supply chain, logistics delivering operational and economic benefits, while simultaneously limiting their carbon footprint and waste. Adopting a green approach in supply chain management will lead to a reduction in the company’s environmental impact.

Written by Nichelle Lemmer

Energy usage in buildings now takes centre stage, as new regulations on energy-efficiency will be included in the National Building Regulations and Building Standards Act. The regulations will create opportunities for South Africa to reduce the energy usage of buildings. Energy-efficiency in buildings can easily be achieved by introducing sensible and practical measures that save energy when new buildings are both designed and built.

Tuesday, 27 September 2011 09:16

CFL street lights win the day

The Envirolight street light with its patented reflector system and ultra long-life compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) has been evaluated as the most cost-effective technology for residential street lighting in a Nelson Mandela Bay energy-efficiency tender. 
Edna Molewa, the Minister of Water and Environmental Affairs, published the National Environmental Management Laws Amendment (NEMLA) Bill of 2011 for public comment on 26 August 2011 in Government Gazette No. 34558, General Notice No 586.
Tuesday, 27 September 2011 09:14

Affordable telecoms solution for rural Africa

Mobile telecoms coverage in remote rural areas could be set to explode with the launch of field trials of a new hi-tech power plant that utilises the latest in hydrogen fuel-cell technology.

By Gunnar Hovstadius, PhD

In the previous issue, Dr Hovstadius addressed the need for cooperation between government and industry in energy conservation, citing the US as a precedent for success. He illustrated the impact of applying a total systems approach as one of the fundamental ways to reduce energy intensity in industrial processes, as opposed to focusing on individual components. In part 2 of this article, he shares another example and concludes with a proposed way forward.

Wednesday, 03 August 2011 10:40

eta Awards goes online with popular voting

South Africans with energy-saving ideas can now turn their ingenuity into R30 000 in hard cash by entering the eta Awards Facebook Popular Vote online. The eta Awards is an annual event sponsored by Eskom, which has been running for the past 22 years, awarding excellence in energy efficiency.
KwaZulu-Natal’s Champagne Sports Resort has invested in energy-efficient electrical and plumbing fittings, which are significantly reducing the resort’s electrical consumption.
The Zimbabwe Electricity Supply Authority’s (ZESA) expressed interest to attract suitable financiers and contractors for the expansion of two of the country’s existing power stations is a step in the right direction. Vincent Maposa, an Energy and Power Industry Analyst at Frost and Sullivan, an international growth and partnering company, believes the planned upgrade of $1.3-billion will help the country to meet its electricity-generating capacity.